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The role of fluid and emotional intelligence in malingering


Grieve, RM and Mahar, D, The role of fluid and emotional intelligence in malingering, Australian Journal of Psychology, 62, (2) pp. 103-111. ISSN 0004-9530 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00049530903032836


The purpose of the present study was to examine the role of fluid (gf), social (SI) and emotional intelligence (EI) in faking the Beck Depression Inventory (2nd ed., BDI-II). Twenty-two students and 26 non-students completed Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM), a social insight test, the Schutte et al. self-report EI scale, and the BDI-II under honest and faking instructions. Results were consistent with a new model of successful faking, in which a participant’s original response must be manipulated into a strategic response, which must match diagnostic criteria. As hypothesised, the BDI-II could be faked, and gf was not related to faking ability. Counter to expectations, however, SI and EI were not related to faking ability. A second study explored why EI failed to facilitate faking. Forty-nine students and 50 non-students completed the EI measure, the Marlowe-Crown Scale and the Levenson et al. Psychopathy Scale. As hypothesised, EI was negatively correlated with psychopathy, but EI showed no relationship with socially desirable responding. It was concluded that in the first experiment, high-EI people did fake effectively, but high-psychopathy people (who had low EI) were also faking effectively, resulting in a distribution that showed no advantage to high EI individuals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:faking; malingering; BDI:II; gf; emotional intelligence; social intelligence; psychopathy
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Personality and individual differences
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Grieve, RM (Dr Rachel Grieve)
ID Code:84351
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-05-08
Last Modified:2014-12-18

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